Macular degeneration is a serious eye problem that needs to be treated as soon as possible. The earlier it's treated, the better the outcome can be. It's a condition that can affect your life in a lot of negative ways. You need to make sure you get your eye care exam from the optometrist every year to be checked for this condition. If you already have it, it needs to be monitored so that its severity is tracked.
If it's been a while since your last eye exam, it's time to call UpTown Eyecare and get an appointment. Never avoid your eye exams or put them off. Exams include tests for serious eye diseases, and you need to know as early as possible if you have macular degeneration. Early treatment can help you to lose less of your vision to this disease. To set up your time for an exam, call our office in Orlando, FL, to get it scheduled.
What Is Macular Degeneration?
What is this disease? It's a condition that can rob you of a lot of your vision. Some patients lose a lot of vision and lose some of their independence. Many people get this condition as they get older. To get the best results from eye treatments, you need an early diagnosis of the problem. Once it gets started, there will be problems with the patient's central vision. In this center area, you can lose a lot of your vision.
This disease is often found in those who are 60 years old or older. It usually starts out slowly and then worsens over time. As it progresses, you lose more of your vision. It usually doesn't cause a person to be completely blind, but it can take a significant part of your vision. When this disease occurs, there is a breakdown of the macula of the eye. Science doesn't yet know why it occurs.
Besides being over 60, there are several other risk factors that can make it more likely you'll get this disease. There is a genetic component, so a family history of it can increase your risk. If you are a smoker or are obese, the condition is more common. Other risk factors include high cholesterol or high blood pressure.
Get Eye Care for Macular Degeneration
You need to keep optometry appointments if you have this eye disease. You may eventually need eye surgery for this problem. UpTown Eyecare is here to help with your vision needs. Our optometry center in Orlando, FL, can help with problems like sports vision, dry eye, and many other eye problems. If you have macular degeneration, sports vision, or other eye problems, call us for an appointment at 407-855-6132.